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High-Ranked USC Girls’s Water Polo Kick Off 2021 With 12-7 Win Over UC Irvine

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Courtesy: USC Athletics

LOS ANGELES — Virtually a yr to the day since its final competitors at Uytengsu Aquatics Middle, the No. 1 USC girls’s water polo staff bought proper again to enterprise in drumming up a 12-7 win over visiting UC Irvine. The Anteaters had been truly USC’s final opponent at Uytengsu — a 9-6 Trojan win on Feb. 15, 2020. In tonight’s conflict, USC was powered up by a five-goal outing from Maud Megens and backed up by 9 saves from Holly Parker to assist the top-ranked Trojans to a 1-Zero begin to 2021.

After Grace Tehaney lit the fuse on USC’s offensive efforts with a aim within the first minute, Maud Megens had a hat trick by the shut the primary quarter as USC netted a 4-1 lead after eight minutes of motion. Goalie Holly Parker would snuff an early Anteater 6-on-5 likelihood with a save, after which Kelsey McIntosh discovered Téa Poljak for a rating that bought USC up 5-1 early within the second. UC Irvine transformed on an influence play later, solely to see Megens hit Denise Mammolito for a 6-on-5 slam 10 seconds earlier than the halftime buzzer, and USC was up 6-2 on the break.

Within the third, the Anteaters managed back-to-back objectives to make it 6-4, solely to see Megens bust out a laser on a 6-on-5 after which strike on the counter to construct again that four-goal lead. Getting into the fourth, USC was up 9-6, and the Trojans stayed in full management with three extra objectives within the last body. Verica Bakoc struck first, and after Parker squashed an Anteater 5-meter penalty shot it was freshman Julia Janov who notched her first aim as a Trojan to take USC forward 11-6. UC Irvine bought a 6-on-5 to go subsequent, however Grace Tehaney would wrap up her hat trick to get USC forward 12-7, and the Trojans held tight to that lead the remainder of the way in which.

USC’s subsequent motion takes the Trojans to Tempe, Ariz., for competitors at a event hosted by Arizona State from Feb. 26-28.

#1 USC 12, #Four UC Irvine 7

Feb. 13, 2021 | Uytengsu Aquatics Middle (Los Angeles, Calif.)

USC  4 – 2 – 3 – 3 = 12

UCI   1 – 1 – 4 – 1 = 7

SCORING:

USC — Maud Megens 5, Grace Tehaney 3, Téa Poljak, Denise Mammolito, Verica Bakoc, Julia Janov.

UCI — Danielle Ayala 2, Jessica Lynch 2, Piper Smith, Megan Falcon, Maeve Murphy.

SAVES: Holly Parker (USC) 9, Morgan Jones (UCI) 8.